Tuesday, 24th April 2012
In Japan Travel News,
Japan Airlines considers more 787 routes
Japan Airlines (JAL) is considering using its new Boeing 787s for routes to Spain and Germany.
Cities including Madrid, Berlin and Dusseldorf are being investigated by the airline, which this week launched its new service to Boston, US, using the fuel-efficient planes, Bloomberg reported.
Boeing delivered two of the state-of-the-art 787s to JAL in March and two more are due to arrive in the near future.
It is looking to boost its international operations by a quarter during the next five years and has ordered a total of 45 of Boeing's Dreamliners to help it meet this target.
Kiyoto Morioka, vice president of network planning at JAL, told the news provider: "The 787 is very suitable and the right-sized aircraft for these medium-sized destinations.
"We expect much more traffic, not only from Tokyo, but from Asia via Tokyo to the US, and vice versa."
JAL is not the first Japanese airline to use the 787s, with rival All Nippon Airways (ANA) already using them.
This week, ANA revealed that increased Japanese tourism saw its revenues rise by 11 billion yen during 2011.
Written by Susan Ballion
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